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The look is upscale but the prices are not. Hope’s Closet is a new retail store in Champlin branded as a resale boutique. All of the items for sale are donated.
Customer Marilyn Duffy had an easy time finding something to bring home from Hope's Closet as she shopped the store for the first time.
“It had cute things in the window,” said Duffy, “so I thought it'd be worthwhile to come in and look.”
The resale boutique gives donated clothes, shoes and decor a second life. The ultimate goal is to improve the lives of kids in the area who face immense challenges. Hope’s Closet is the latest project of Hope 4 Youth, a non-profit that helps homeless children throughout the north metro.
Lisa Jacobson, executive director of Hope 4 Youth, said the idea grew out of countless donations she saw come in to her organization.
“Every week when people would bring things in that were beautiful, that still had tags on them,” she explained, “that weren't necessarily what homeless youth were looking for.”
Before they launched Hope’s Closet, many upscale items would simply go unused. Now these donations go to the sales floor, and hopefully, generate income for Hope 4 Youth programs.
The store is run entirely by volunteers. A core group of women created the space on their own time because they believe in the cause. The free workforce and low overhead allows Hope’s Closet to funnel 100 percent of the profit directly to Hope 4 Youth.
The formula seems to be working so far. Just part way into its first month of operation, Hope’s Closet already exceeded its first sales goal.
“We set the goal for March at $4,000,” said Jacobson, “and by March 9th we had already exceeded that goal.”
And as every item at Hope’s Closet finds a new home, the children of Hope 4 Youth get a bit closer to a home of their own.
“I think that homeless youth are the invisible children in our community,” said Jacobson.
“Many of them were dealt a bad hand the day that they were born and we as a community need to get our arms around them sooner. And so we're committed to that. I think that people, when they hear the work that we have done and the work that we intend to do, they want to support that.”
Learn more about Hope's Closet here.
Jennifer Anderson reporting